Re: Outside faucet leaks at handle when open
Posted by Bill on July 28, 2003 at 15:39:01:
In response to Re: Outside faucet leaks at handle when open
: : When we open our outside faucet, a goodamount of water leaks right out around the knob connection to the faucet. It's a 20-year-old freeze-proof faucet. What needs to be replaced and gdo I need special tools?

: Howard,
: Sometimes you can tighten the nut near the end that holds the packing for the stem.
: You may be able to replace the packing too.
: Pliers will do for this.
: Terry

Terry's spot on right, Howard. The steps are as follows:
1. Remove the faucet handle by removing it's center screw. pull the handle straight off.
2. use a wrench to snug the hex-shaped piect that the stem comes through. There may be two hex-shaped parts, they both should be snug (not reefed-down-hard).
3. Test it. You can slide the handle on and try it without re-fastening the handle. This way you can inspect and admire your work!

Good luck!

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